Campaign launched to free cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé

#FreeNseRamon cartoon by Nadim Comics
#FreeNseRamon cartoon by Nadim Comics

EG Justice and the Cartoonists Rights Network International – along with a coalition of international organisations – are inviting cartoonists and artists from around the world to support the #FreeNseRamon campaign.

Cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé was arrested on 16th September in Equatorial Guinea and was extensively interrogated in front of witnesses about his provocative drawings of members of the government. CRNI and those protesting the arrest say he is being held on trumped up charges of counterfeiting and money laundering, but has yet to be formally charged.

“He has unjustly spent over 50 days in prison without a clear prospect for release,” say CRNI. “His imprisonment appears to be a deliberate attempt to curtail his freedom to express himself through his art and writings.”

Earlier this month, his family accepted the 2017 CRNI Courage in Cartooning Award on his behalf.

Cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé. Image via CRNI
Cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé. Image via CRNI

Artists are being asked to show their support for Ramon’s release by sharing illustration with the following hashtag: #FreeNseRamon

“Please keep in mind the campaign exclusively aims to get Ramon released from prison because he is innocent,” say CRNI.

“Our goal is to bring attention to his plight. We are not requesting artwork that is critical of government officials in Equatorial Guinea as we do not want to do anything to jeopardise his case.”

The campaign will run from now until Ramon’s release from prison. Select art will be displayed on the EG Justice #FreeNseRamon website

• View Ramon’s work at | More details about his arrest here 

View the #FreeNseRamon campaign responses on Twitter

• There is a Spanish language initiative running in cooperation with the CRNI campaign at

• More on Equatorial Guinea at 

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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